A three-year programme of investment at Aberdeen International Airport has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP, during a visit to the airport.
Aberdeen International Airport first opened its doors in 1977, and this project marks the single largest investment in the terminal, with a total of £20M to be invested, increasing the size of the exiting terminal by 50% and completing a comprehensive transformation of the current passenger facilities.
The investment will see the creation of two a new two-storey extension that will house two new passenger lounges, an expanded baggage reclaim area, a new security search area, new immigration facilities and new retail and catering facilities within the main departures lounge.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This investment by Aberdeen International Airport and its owners shows great ambition and confidence in the Airport's future in preparing for projected growth. By increasing capacity and improving the passenger experience, the Airport is making a clear statement of intent and the North East and Scotland will see the benefit.
“Aberdeen is a fantastic city with lots to offer and the airport is a crucial gateway to the North East. This expansion opens up the city to even more tourists and businesses, which will result in an economic boost for the city and the country as a whole.”
Works are due to begin in May, with the first phase of what will be a three-year project.
Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “Not only does this investment represent the most significant upgrade to the airport since the current terminal first opened in 1977, it demonstrates our commitment to providing passengers with high quality facilities.
“We have long recognised the need to expand the terminal and we are doing so with the long term future of the airport in mind. It is one of the most important pieces of transport infrastructure in the North East of Scotland and it plays a crucial role in supporting the wider economy. Now more than ever, it is vital that we invest in our airport to help improve the region’s attractiveness as a key investment destination and that we provide passengers, airlines and the city with an airport they can all be proud of.”
James Bream Research & Policy Director at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: "The investment is fantastic news for Aberdeen International Airport and its customers. The airport is our gateway to regional and international markets and the ambitious development plans are fitting for a globally significant city
"We have recently spoken about the need for long-term investment and planning to ensure a sustainable future for our region. We welcome this announcement as a vote of confidence in our long-term economic future"